The Litefooter Summer Youth Workshop
Our young performers at the Plaza are nicknamed the Litefooters because our adults are called the Footeliters in honor of Wharton’s Pulitzer- and Academy Award-winning playwright Horton Foote. Every summer we teach basic stagecraft and theatre discipline to youngsters age 6 through 16 at the Litefooter Summer Youth Workshop. The workshop culminates in a major production on the Plaza’s main stage during the last weekend in June as part of the annual Wharton County Freedom Fest.Auditions & Registration
Auditions and registration are held in early May. Registration is $50.00 and covers t-shirt, snacks and supplies. Scholarships are available upon special request.
Auditions allow the director to assess each registrant’s skill level and how best to cast him or her in the show. Auditioners are given a page from the script to study and are called up in small groups to read lines. Those who cannot read are helped. Everyone receives a role. The auditions are always fun and are structured to be a learning experience.
Rehearsals usually begin in early June and run for three weeks, typically five evenings a week from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The schedule is subject to change depending on the specific requirements of the production. A more definite schedule is provided at registration.
The production schedule for each season is posted on the Plaza website. Participants need to be at the theater two hours before curtaintime for each performance for costumes, hair and makeup.
The Litefooter Summer Youth Workshop always requires volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, including snack preparation, backstage assistance, set construction, prop and costume fabrication, etc. If you’d like to assist in any way, please contact us.